Fred 0. Hoppe is sole proprietor of one of Sheboygan's leading drug stores situated at No. 906 North Eighth street. This he has conducted since the 29th of December, 1910, and in its control he displays excellent management and executive ability. He is one of the foremost of the younger business men of the city and was here born October 29, 1881, his parents being Charles and Josephine (Gutch) Hoppe, both of whom were also natives of Sheboygan county.
The family name, however, indicates their German descent. The father was for a time engaged in the flour and feed business and subsequently organized the Hoppe Insurance Company, under which name he built up a good business which he conducted to the time of his death on the 21st of September, 1893. He was then but forty-nine years of age. His wife survived him for more than eighteen years, passing away on the 13th of January, 1912, her remains being interred in Wildwood cemetery where her husband had also been laid to rest.
The Hoppe family is one of the oldest in this county and one of the best known and most prominent. Fred Hoppe, the grandfather of him whose name introduces this review, was one of the early sheriffs here, filling that office about 1860.
Fred 0. Hoppe was a pupil in the public schools of Sheboygan, passing through consecutive grades until he became a high-school student. He did not graduate, however, but put aside his text-books at the age of sixteen years to enter business life which he did as a clerk in the A. W. Bock Drug Store. He was there employed for about five years after which he entered upon the scientific study of pharmacy by pursuing a course in the Northwestern University at Chicago from which he was graduated with the class of 1902. This, added to his various practical experiences, made him especially well prepared to carry on business of that character. He then returned to Sheboygan and reentered the employ of Mr. Bock with whom he continued for two years. On the expiration of that period he accepted a position as traveling salesman for the Sheboygan Chair Company with which he continued for five years, visiting almost every state in the Union. Desirous of engaging in business on his own account he then purchased the F. W. Thieman Drug Store, which is one of the largest in the city, taking charge on the 29th of December, 1910, since which time he has met with very creditable and gratifying success.
On the 25th of September, 1900, in Sheboygan, Mr, Hoppe was married to Miss Vera Mc Neill, a daughter of Thomas and Katherine McNeill, the former secretary and treasurer of the Sheboygan Chair Company. Mr. and Mrs. Hoppe have one child, Frederick, who is with his parents in a pleasant home at No. 817 Virginia avenue. Mr. Hoppe belongs to. the Sheboygan Lodge of Elks. He has a wide acquaintance here and is very favorably known. He has never sought to figure prominently in any public connection but his genuine worth has become recognized through his business activities and through his close adherence to high ideals of manhood and citizenship.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL